On Wednesday evening, June 18 (20 Sivan), 73 HANC High School students graduated before an audience of 800 proud family members, guests, and administration and faculty members. The ceremony took place at Hofstra University’s Adams Playhouse in Hempstead.
The program opened with the recitation of Tehillim for the three teenagers kidnapped in Israel, followed by a video presentation featuring the graduating class. Rabbi Shlomo Adelman, principal of the high school, welcomed guests and graduates and introduced salutatorian Jared Djourabchi, who delivered the invocation.
Mrs. Carole Tabin, associate principal, greeted the graduates, incorporating each student’s aspiration into her speech. Mrs. Tabin then introduced the class valedictorian, Sarah Taber. Following her remarks, Ms. Tziporah Zucker, assistant principal, introduced the graduation class speaker, Student Senate President Max Kahn, who reflected on his high-school experience.
Diplomas were distributed by Rabbi Adelman, Mrs. Tabin, and Ms. Zucker. Gifts to the graduates were generously donated by the PTA and distributed by the PTA presidium, Mrs. Beth Chiger and Mrs. Sheri Feldman. On behalf of the student body, a special presentation was made to the outgoing HANC president, Mrs. Lillian Borofsky, and to the outgoing chairman of the board of education, Dr. Steven Albert, to recognize their years of dedication to HANC.
Rabbi Shlomo Adelman, in his charge to the graduates, encouraged students to remain open to learning, growing, listening, and devoting their lives to Klal Yisrael. He stressed the importance of protecting the mesorah and to making a kiddush Hashem as the students move on in their lives. “You must protect it and guard it with every fiber of your being. Don’t underestimate your role as a link in the chain of the mesorah. You must continue to embrace, preserve, and inspire.”
The benediction was then administered by salutatorians Inbar Boker and Ariel Golshan. Following the ceremony, guests returned to HANC’s auditorium for an elaborate collation of food and dancing sponsored by the PTA, featuring the Shelly Lang Orchestra. Mazal tov! v